|Title:|| Controlled release combination of carbidopa/levodopa|
|Abstract:||A matrix or monolithic drug delivery system for the controlled release of carbidopa and levodopa consists of the two drugs uniformly dispersed in a polymer vehicle at a concentration that is greater than the solubility of either drug in the polymer. Treatment of parkinsonism with the controlled release formulation provides several advantages over treatment with the standard carbidopa/levodopa combination presently employed.|
|Inventor(s):|| Dempski; Robert E. (Dresher, PA), Scholtz; Edward C. (King of Prussia, PA), Nibbelink; Donald W. (Lansdale, PA), Reines; Scott A. (New Hope, PA) |
|Assignee:|| Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ) |
|Filing Date:||Dec 01, 1989|
|Claims:||1. A controlled release solid oral dosage formulation consisting essentially of a uniform dispersion of 5-300 mg of carbidopa, 20-1200 mg of levodopa in a polymer vehicle of 2 to 120 mg of polymethyl methacrylate, whereby following administration the carbidopa and levodopa are released slowly and simultaneously from the formulation. |
2. The controlled release solid oral dosage formulation of claim 1 consisting essentially of a uniform dispersion of 25-100 mg of carbipopa, 100-400 mg of levodopa, in a polymer vehicle of 2 to 120 mg of polymethyl methacrylate, whereby following administration the carbidopa and levodopa are released slowly and simultaneously from the formulation.
3. The formulation of claim 1 comprising 400 mg of levodopa, 100 mg of carbidopa and 120 mg of polymethyl methacrylate.